Health Freedom Among Top Concerns, Americans Tell Obama in Change.org Poll

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Natural Solutions Foundation supporters and health freedom friends brought Health Freedom to a new level of prominence through a poll at Change.org. Selecting from thousands of ideas, people registering at the unofficial change.org site selected the top ten ideas that concerned them most. Health Freedom made a strong showing based on our definition of Health Freedom as the right to determine what happens to one's own body. Advocates created enough pressure that the same idea is now listed on the Obama official transition site, Change.gov and in the Obama team's "Citizens Briefing Book"

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Health Freedom - the right to determine what happens to one's own body - stands out as one of the "Top Ten" ideas at Change.org. Spearheaded by the efforts of Natural Solutions Foundation's 190,000+ supporters, "Health Freedom" was voted as one of the Top Ten issues to be considered by the incoming Obama Administration. Because of its strong showing, Health Freedom is now mounted on the "Citizens BriefingBook" section of the official Obama transition web site, Change.gov. As with Change.org, voting at Change.gov takes place when people register and vote for an idea or concept.

On both sites the concept is called "Health Freedom is Our First Freedom!" to emphasize that without the right to control one's own body, there is no other meaningful freedom. This definition of a First Freedom caught the attention of large numbers of people who created a viral internet sensation urging their friends and colleagues to express the same sentiment by voting on both sites.

This concern with the right to determine one's own (or one's children's) health path given the new vigor with which the lame duck FDA administration is attacking natural health options including truthful statements of what natural products can offer (e.g., none may be presented as treating, curing or mitigating a health problem), anticipated restrictions on their movement across state lines although such restriction would be illegal under current US Law and taking safe natural products like DMSA (Captomer (TM)) off the market.

At the same time, the EPA is seeking to regulate Nano Silver products, which have no known toxicity, and the devices which make them, as "pesticides" while allowing real pesticides, which are known to cause numerous potentially health problems, to go unlabeled in food. Many Americans are both skeptical and dissatisfied with the regulatory climate around natural health and foods and have joined the largest US Health Freedom organization, the Natural Solutions Foundation, in calling for the FDA to be divested of its food regulatory authority, as a principal impediment to Health Freedom including interfering with the right to access clean, unadulterated, accurately labeled, safe foods.

Maj. Gen. Bert Stubblebine III (USA, Ret), President of the Foundation, HealthFreedomUSA.org, noted, "In addition to over 12,000 votes, hundreds of people posted comments urging the new administration to make Health Freedom a central element of its Health Care policy. We define Health Freedom on both Change web sites very simply: 'Health Freedom means the right to control what happens to your body, choosing your own health path, making your own health choices.'"

Elaborating further, General Stubblebine, a much-decorated Military Intelligence specialist, states, "Slaves are people whose bodies are controlled by others. If we are free men and women, we must control our own bodies and what happens to them. If the incoming President pays attention to what the people are saying, there will be major changes to the way health care is provided and paid for in the United States. If those changes truly encourage wholesome, natural nutrition and natural remedies, we could see a reduction of up to 40% in what the government spends on health care. Natural health care is safe, effective, inexpensive and vastly less toxic than drug-based medicine. It is also the People's Choice."

The Foundation, founded in 2004, is an international NGO (Non Governmental Organization) focused on Health Freedom. Its Mission is to discover, develop, demonstrate and disseminate natural solutions to the problems facing us and threatening our health and freedom, our ability to achieve and maintain a healthy self, community and world.

Among the Foundation's innovative solutions are "Mouse Warrior Campaigns" which allow anyone with Internet access to communicate their opinions and needs for health freedom with decision makers, members of Congress, executives and others about health freedom policy. Anyone may join the free, secure Health Freedom Action eAlerts by visiting the Foundation's home page, HealthFreedomUSA.org and signing up there. In 2009, the Foundation's primary thrusts will include educating Congress regarding the necessity of Divesting the FDA of its Food Authority, calling for hearings and otherwise protecting food from the corrupt and often lethal conflicts of interest and corruption of the FDA.

Another Foundation initiatives, The International Decade of Nutrition (IDN) and an alliance among Health Conscious Nations expressed through international cooperation around Codex Alimentarius (the World Food Code) stands out. Under the IDN umbrella, two types of programs are under development: Technological support for increased crop production/nutrient density and decreased water use in West Africa and the creation of a demonstration Beyond Organic, BioDynamic, Zero Emissions (TM), Ecological Demonstration Community, Farm and Farm School in he Chiriquí Highlands of Panama to disseminate high impact, low technology natural solutions to permit economically and environmentally sustainable, chemical free farming.

The Foundation's Valley of the Moon™ Eco Demonstration Project is being developed under the mentorship of Fr. Godfrey Nzamaju, o.p., Ph.D., Founder and Director of the UN Site of Excellence Songhai Foundation in Benin as an outstanding example of Zero Emission farming. We have also established a food certification system, awarding its "Friendly Foods™ Certification to foods which are Friendly to the Environment, the Consumer and the Workers. Valley of the Moon™ Coffee, produced by an independent Coffee Finca (farm) has the distinction of being the first food to be awarded that honor. Friendly Foods™ must be free of all GMOs, synthetic chemicals and provide a living wage and safe working conditions to the workers.
For more information on the Panama Valley of the Moon™ Eco Demonstration Project are invited to visit NaturalSolutionsFoundation.com.

Further information:
Rima E. Laibow MD - Medical Director: releyes (at) gmail.com
Ralph Fucetola JD - Legal Director: ralph.fucetola (at) usa.net - 973-300-4594
Natural Solutions Foundation achievements: http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?page_id=195
Change.gov - http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/wrapping_up_the_citizens_briefing_book/    
Change.org - http://www.change.org/ideas/view/health_freedom

Contact:
Dr. Rima Laibow, M.D.
Natural Solutions Foundation
dr.laibow (at) gmail.com

Ralph Fucetola JD
ralph.fucetola (at) usa.net
973-300-4594

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